On September 29, 2017, President Trump signed the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 into law. This tax relief initiative is designed to provide certain tax benefits for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The legislation also contains provisions extending the funding authorizations for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program [...]

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Jail Time for Fraudulent IRS Returns

Posted on November 20, 2017

A North Carolina resident is facing serious penalties for filing fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. Hassie Demond Nowlin was sentenced to 37 months in prison on November 16, 2017, by the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Nowlin was charged with obstruction of the IRS, falsification of tax returns and bankruptcy fraud for the [...]

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How to Get Your Tax Info Online

Posted on July 13, 2017

The IRS has expanded its on-line account tool. With this tool, taxpayers can obtain up to 18 months of tax payment history, tax balances due, transcripts and other information. www.irs.gov . If you have questions regarding the information contained on the transcripts, please call my office at 1888-382-7880 for a free confidential consultation. Don’t be Scammed IRS WARNS The IRS will never [...]

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A ruling handed down by the U.S. Tax Court on May 11, 2017, indicated that the taxpayer in question could not blame their tax preparation software for improper deductions for alimony and interest. Barry Leonard Bulakites could be required to pay the IRS thousands of dollars in penalties and unpaid taxes as a result of errors he made when filing his taxes [...]

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A recent case in North Carolina Eastern Bankruptcy Court clarified some issues regarding the ability of certain debts to be discharged in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings. Ryan v. Defense Finance and Accounting Services outlines the case of a soldier who received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army after re-enlisting for six years and accepting a re-enlistment bonus. Upon his involuntary discharge, [...]

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Bank of America has been slapped with $45 million in punitive damages for their mishandling of a mortgage in California. The bank was cited specifically for the harassment experienced by the plaintiffs in the case and the emotional distress caused by those actions. The lawsuit arose because of Bank of America’s failure to comply with the automatic stay provisions of the U.S. [...]

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One element of President Donald Trump's proposed tax reform plan may have a significant effect on residents of New York State. The plan would end the current ability of taxpayers to deduct the amounts paid for state and local taxes on their federal returns. Since residents of New York currently pay one of the highest state tax rates in the country, the [...]

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